Saturday Sermon: The inevitable journey
Jan. 11, 2011 at midnight
Updated Jan. 13, 2011 at 7:14 p.m.
By: Mohamed Omar
The ineffable feeling of crossing the boundary between this world and the next cannot be described in words, nor imagined in the mind, but can be understood only through divine revelation and inspiration.
Prophet Mohamed (PBH) said, "Live in this world as though you are a stranger or a traveler (passing through it)."
We are on a journey and should know about the whole journey's itinerary, not just one part.
The one thing that we can be certain about in life is death. We are born to die.
God says in His Quran, "Every soul shall taste death: and only on the Day of Judgment shall you be paid your full recompense." (3:185)
No one knows where, how and when he or she will die. Nor does anyone have the right to take his or her own life.
The One who gave life is the only one who has the right to take life. Nor can anyone escape his term. "Wherever you are, Death will find you out, even if you are in towers built up strong and high!" (4:78)
But the one million dollar question is: What will happen after death, since that is totally unseen to us. Then the only way to find out is via revelation from God to His prophets.
The following is some of prophet Mohamed's statements in this regard.
Once he asked his companions, "Do you know who the bankrupt is?" They said: "The bankrupt is the one who has neither dirhams nor goods." He said: "Rather the bankrupt is the one who will come on the Day of Resurrection with prayer, fasting and charity, but he will come having insulted this one, slandered that one, consumed the wealth of this one, shed the blood of that one and beaten this one, all of whom will be given some of his good deeds, and if his good deeds run out before the scores have been settled, some of their sins will be taken and thrown onto him, then he will be cast into the Fire."
That's why he emphasized the importance of being kind to others in many of his advices.
He said: Keep your duty to God wheresoever you are, follow the evil deed with one which is good it shall erase it and be well mannered with all people.
He wanted to confirm the fact that in order to be saved, one has to avoid all forms of oppression, not only against fellow humans but also animals as well.
He said once: "A woman was punished because of a cat which she kept locked up until it died, and she entered Hell because of it, because she did not feed it or give it water when she kept it locked up, neither did she let it eat from the vermin of the earth."
I guess we really need to prepare for the reckoning day and hast to ask Allah for forgiveness before it's too late.
God Said the Holly Quran: Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with him in worship, but He forgives except that to whom He pleases, and whoever sets up partners with Allah in worship, he has indeed invented a tremendous sin.
Dr. Mohammad Omar is "past imam" of the Victoria Islamic Center.